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There is no past without colonisation,
and there is no future without it.

As we commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of Singapore, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to our founding father/s for their foresight in transforming Singapore from a small fishing village to a global metropolis. We are civilised!

Let's marvel at how, all over the world, our land has been plundered, our laws kept archaic and our freedoms curtailed by those in power. Let us honour our pursuit of economic success and excess [nothing less will do], as we continue to colonise today—through money, discrimination and land conquests, even in space. We are civilised!

Because after all, through colonisation, we are civilised! We are also schooled and silenced.

Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Civilised by The Necessary Stage is a groundbreaking new work that takes you on a wild ride through the complications and violence of colonisation past, present and future.

Edith Podesta
Ghafir Akbar
Koh Wan Ching
Lian Sutton
and Siti Khalijah Zainal

Set Design by Vincent Lim
Lighting Design by Adrian Tan
Costume Design by Max Tan & Yuan Zhiying of MAX.TAN
Multimedia Design by He Shuming

15 – 18 & 22 – 25 May 2019, 8pm
18 – 19 & 25 – 26 May 2019, 3pm
at The Necessary Stage Black Box

Tickets at
$36 | $28*
(excluding SISTIC ticketing fee)

* Concessions for students, senior citizens and NSF.

Get your tickets now at
SISTIC Website:,
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SISTIC Hotline: 6348 5555 and
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Map The Necessary Stage, 278 Marine Parade Road, #B1-02 Marine Parade Community Building, Singapore 449282, Bedok, Singapore
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